Redo Broken Chair Into A Nightstand

I am in the very slow process of decorating my guest room/craft room. I think I have finally decided on colors, which is major progress, let me tell you! The vintage sewing machine I found a month ago was the inspiration for the color palette, and I’ve finally been able to start on a few projects in there.

The first item of business was a nightstand, but I wanted to do something a little different than the usual. This broken chair from our old dining set was the perfect answer. I am so pleased with the way it turned out. It was super easy, and the cost was less than $10 to complete. Let me show you how I did it!



1. It actually started out with only one broken spindle, so I removed all the remaining spindles. I used wood putty and a putty knife to fill the holes, and let it dry for 24 hours.

2. Once the putty was dry, I sanded it until it was smooth, then wiped off the dust and let it dry.

3. I wanted to stay with the current cream color (which I had first refinished many years ago), so it was pretty easy to paint it with Rustoleum’s Heirloom White. Because I wanted to stay a true cream, I decided not to stain it or distress it. (Shocking, I know, lol.) Once it was dry, I was ready to add the finishing touches.

4. I wanted to hang something from the top of the chair, and to fill that open space of the back of the chair. I decided to use a cream frame, three mini wreaths I found at Michael’s for 79 cents, and a fabulous brown ribbon I picked up at Walmart. The ribbon is not a wire ribbon, but is made of 100% polyester, and perfectly holds its shape. Next was the old-fashioned looking clock, and a few magazines. It’s simple, but exactly what I wanted! I am keeping my eye out for a fun tray I can re-do, for the clock and magazines.

And here we are! I love it!

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